Read the article 'Becoming God's bestie this Lent' and answer the following and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Do you think of your relationship with God as a friendship? Why or why not?
2. How does thinking about our relationship with God as a friendship change the way we see things like sin or the sacrament of reconciliation?
3. How does thinking about our relationship with God as a friendship change the way we see fasting, or giving things up, during Lent?
4. What will you do to deepen your friendship with God this Lent?
1. Do you think whole countries or societies could use a time like Lent to make a commitment to give something up or try something new, for a period of time, in order to try to live better? Pick an issue you feel passionate about - such as refugees, or homelessness - and write a 'Letter to the editor' urging people to do something concrete for Lent to make a difference to others.
2. Write an imaginative story, 'A fun day out with Jesus'. It could be set in Biblical times, or today. Given what you know about Jesus, what does being friends with him involve? How might Jesus be different from other friends? At the end of the story, describe how you feel at the end of the day.
3. What other religions practice fasting? Explore the place of fasting in Buddhism or Islam, and compare it to how Christians practice fasting in Lent. What are the similarities and differences?
For younger students: Making friends with God in Lent
Fold a piece of paper into two halves.
On one side, write 'God is my friend, and wants me to_____’. Fill in the blank with something God wants you to do. Then, illustrate what God is asking of you.
On the other side, write, 'Because God wants me to do this, in Lent, I will ______' and write down something that you will do, or will give up, this Lent because you want to be closer friends with God. Again, illustrate what you've written.
Share your work with your class.
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